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Press Release

June 2007

Recognising the Importance of Human Resources Management
in the Cultural Sector

CHRC Launches New Additions to the HR Management Tools

Ottawa - The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is pleased to announce the addition of 2 books to the popular Cultural Human Resources Management Tools series: Using the Competency Charts and Profiles, and Contracting with Independent Contractors.

These new additions follow the success of the first 9 HR Management Tools for cultural organisations, which CHRC completed in partnership with the Cultural Careers Council of Ontario (CCCO). Launched in 2003 and available on CHRC's website, the initial series of 9 includes the following topics: An HR Overview; Recruiting the Right People; Job Descriptions; Coaching, Mentoring and Succession Planning; Dealing with Challenge and Conflict; Managing Employee Performance; Termination of Employment; Benefits and Retirement Plans; and Best Practices.

CHRC has compiled these books into a Cultural Human Resources Management Tools Manual (available in print to CHRC Organisation and Organisation PLUS members).

Susan Annis, Executive Director, says that it has always been CHRC's intention to continue the series in other HR areas.

"Beyond what CHRC has produced, no such HR tools exist for the cultural sector. Since the importance of HR management is only beginning to be recognized in the cultural sector, the tools are a means of introducing HR management generally, and providing specific ways to implement good HR practices. They are a customization and adaptation of generic HR tools in terms of language, tone and examples, for the cultural sector."

All 11 manuals are available on the web site - printable for members.

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the area of cultural human resources development. CHRC brings together representatives of arts disciplines and cultural industries in the cultural sector to address the training and career development needs of cultural workers - artists, creators, technical staff, managers and all others engaged professionally in the sector, including the self-employed. To become a member of CHRC please visit our website.

For further information please contact Megan Guy (613-562-1535 x 31;